major ta moko symposium - including live work by artists -
will be held in Dunedin next month.
The Otago Polytechnic symposium, believed to be the first in
the South Island for more than a decade, had attracted
interest from all over the country, organiser Justine Camp
The idea for the symposium came after a well-attended guest
lecture by ta moko artist Stu McDonald, of Tauranga, held at
the Dunedin School of Art last year, she said.
Mr McDonald would return to the city with other members of
Moana Moko, a group of artists who travel the country
teaching people about ta moko.
The one-day symposium - Ahikomau o Ruaumoko: Unearthing your
Blueprint - would also include live ta moko work.
Ta moko are permanent body or face markings.
Ms Camp said the major difference between ta moko and tattoo
was ''if you sit down with an artist you have the
conversation and they freehand on you traditional shapes and
Her mother, Prof Khyla Russell, of Otago Polytechnic,
received her ta moko in 2001 and it had provoked various
reactions over the years, including the question ''How long
have you been a gang moll?'', Ms Camp said.
Ms Camp's daughter, Takiwai Russell-Camp, also had ta moko,
but Ms Camp said she was a self-confessed introvert who was
''afraid of needles'' and had no plans to get one.
The symposium will be held at the polytechnic's Sargood
Centre on October 9.